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Lolo calls for ongoing youth education on “political process”

Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga and Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — To ensure that the youth have a better understanding “our of political process,” Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has urged his cabinet to continue the important task of educating “our young people” so they can make decisions for American Samoa moving forward.

The governor’s call was made at last Thursday’s cabinet meeting, following a presentation by Tapaau Dr. Daniel Aga on the two-day “Youth Empowerment Summit on Self- Determination & Hope” held early this month at the Pago Pago Youth Center.

Although the summit, which discussed five key issues pertaining to American Samoa, has ended, but Lolo told cabinet members, that “your job and my job is to make sure that we educate our young people to understand the political process and how we are dealing with the federal government.”

He characterized his cabinet’s efforts as “our biggest job,” and encouraged them not to give up easily when it comes to educating the youth on the territory’s political process.

In his summary presentation to the cabinet meeting, Tapaau — who chaired the Youth Summit — explained that the summit was to help youth learn about current and critical issues on American Samoa’s political status and constitution.

It was also to get a good indication of their views on four specific topics, and the results were gained through a survey of some 300 registered participants. Tapaau gave a brief summary of each topic: US citizenship, Large Vessel Prohibited Area, Fono veto over ride authority; and electing senators, and of the survey outcome. (See Samoa News online July 11 for details.)